Hello and happy Sunday. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably thinking about starting a blog, or you have one already and are looking for advice. Whatever the reason, I would like to share some tips with you that have helped me when it comes to my beauty and lifestyle posts. If you are a book blogger and want some advice, check out this post. Let’s get started, shall we?
1. Begin by brainstorming
When I first started blogging, I did so because I had just read a book and wanted to share my thoughts on it. From then on, the ideas kind of kept coming on their own and I would just write posts whenever I got them. This was great until one day I realized the idea for an awesome post didn’t come, and so I couldn’t blog that week. Now, what I do is write down any post idea I have so that there’s always something I can write about when I blog. My suggestion for you is, sit down one day and write as many ideas as you can. You might modify them when the time to write comes, and of course, there will be some you’ll discard, but at least you have enough material to work with for the future.
This is obviously related to the kind of posts you want to publish: reviews, hauls, tutorials, look books, challenges or tags, and so many more options. Trust me, when you do this, you open the doors to content you probably hadn’t thought about, and you start giving yourself the chance to explore different options and maybe even think about doing post series and other fun stuff.
2. Schedule, schedule, schedule
Right now I have lots of free time to write one or two posts a day and schedule them, but when I had a full-time job, I could only count on the weekends to do this. Still, my posts were being published and people were reading them regardless of where I was and what I was doing. When you’re brainstorming, think about when you want your posts to be published. Do you want them everyday? Just once a week? Manage your posting time and based on that you can work on a writing/scheduling time. If you want your posts published once a week, then you’ll for sure need less writing time than if you were posting every day.
3. Don’t go to crazy
What I mean by this is that you don’t have to spend all your money on expensive makeup and clothes just to have content to write about in your blog. Start by what you have; I’ve hauled everything from my perfumes to my makeup brushes. I didn’t haul any clothes I bought up until a few months ago, but still I don’t buy those clothes for the sake of a post, and I want that to be very clear. Start slowly but surely; my first beauty/lifestyle post in this blog was about getting laser hair removal and now your Sundays are filled with all sorts of content, from makeup to clothes, to weirdly placed piercings.
4. Make your blogger life easier
Finding a comfortable blogging dynamic is obviously a process. You’ll have to try and fail and try again until things are working the way you want them to. Planning and scheduling your posts is a very important step towards achieving that dream blogging dynamic, but there are other things that might help. For example, whenever I get new products I want to blog about, I take a picture of them with my phone and, using the WordPress app, I upload it and save it as a draft. I also write the idea of the post in my blogging notebook, so that when the time comes, I just need to open the draft with the picture and start writing. That is way easier than trying to remember the items in my February Ipsy Glam Bag, finding them, taking a picture of them, and then sitting down to write a post. Don’t you agree?
What are other pieces of advice you could think of for new beauty and lifestyle bloggers? Let me know in the comments below!
Love, Miss Camila